People Are Taking Issue With ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ After Watching It Again As Adults


More than likely, you have a film that you loved watching when you were a child but when you got older, you really watched it and recognized it had some rather disturbing issues. It could’ve been an evil creature, the death of the parents (which is shockingly common) or any number of different issues. When you take a fresh look at some of those classic films for children, it may make you wonder if you will let your own children watch them.

Many of us remember watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer when we were children. It first aired in 1964 and became an instant Christmas classic. When it was recently shown on CBS, Twitter caught on fire with disturbed adults who were watching the film with fresh eyes.

First of all, perhaps something that shocks most people is the fact that there is some serious bullying that takes place. Twitter user @La_Shea was quick to point that out:

As it turns out, it isn’t just the other reindeer who are involved in the bullying. His own parents treat him poorly and his dad mocks his son at one point because of his nose.

Even Santa Claus shows some meanness, prompting one user on YouTube to post clips of the film entitled “Santa Claus the Jerk.”

Coach Comet is somebody else that mocks Rudolph and even allows the other children to mock him. He refuses to allow the deer to play in any reindeer games, even though he has some nice skills. All of this is because Rudolph has a nose that is a different color.

Kimberly O’Neill is another Twitter user who tweeted about his bullying.

When they finally get to the island of Misfit Toys, they meet a bird who is not able to fly. You would think that he would have a happy ending but in reality, something disturbing happened.

During the credits, one of Santa’s elves tosses the bird out of the sleigh. Didn’t he remember that the bird can’t fly?

Some people are also saying that there is a larger message associated with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer that is quite disturbing as well. A harmless and innocent creature is bullied because he looks different. When his ‘difference’ later becomes useful, they decide to allow him to be part of society. It isn’t because they realize that they were wrong to treat him unfairly, it is because they wanted to exploit what they could.

This Tweet shows that twist on the plot:

In the end, we will all need to make up our minds if it is a good movie or not but at the very least, we may never see it the same way again.


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